Modern Slavery Statement
This statement applies to E. J. Taylor & Sons Ltd referred to in this statement as ‘EJT’. The information included in the statement refers to the financial year 2018-2019.
EJT operates from one central head office in Essex, UK, within which all office staff members are based. Site staff operate from sites throughout the South East of England. The board of directors is made up entirely of family members, including the Managing Director. Each of the production divisions and support departments have their own heads as follows:
EJT designs, builds and provides advisory services on the following types of construction project:
- Civil Engineering
- Contract Builds
- Motor Retail
- Health Care
- National House Builders
- Private Individuals
- Local Authorities
- Commercial Enterprises
- Health & Wellbeing Developers
- Housing Associations
- Charitable organisations
- Public Sector organisations
We provide civil engineering and construction design services through our in-house capabilities and our approved, highly skilled network of design consultants.
Demand for our product is consistently high throughout the year and is therefore not seasonal.
The labour supplied to EJT in pursuance of its operation is carried out entirely within the UK and primarily within the South East of England.
The Organisation considers that modern slavery encompasses:
- human trafficking
- being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement
- forced work, through mental or physical threat
- being owned or controlled by an employer through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
- being dehumanised, treated as a commodity or being bought or sold as property
EJT acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We understand that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.
EJT does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
No labour provided to EJT in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. EJT strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the UK and in many cases exceeds those minimums in relation to its employees.
In order to fulfil our activities, the main supply chains of EJT are those related to construction activities in both the UK and occasionally from Europe. We understand that our first-tier suppliers are intermediary traders and therefore have further contractual relationships with lower-tier suppliers.
EJT considers its main exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking to exist with lower tier suppliers and intermediary traders carrying out works on our construction sites.
In general, EJT considers our exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be very small. Nonetheless, we have taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in our business nor the business of any organisation that supplies goods and/or services to us.
EJT carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place within our Company or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of our suppliers.
EJT has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.
In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, EJT has taken the following steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place:
- Employees are made aware of the Act and our position of zero-tolerance so that they are aware and know what to do should a matter of concern be brought to their attention. The Company encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organisation. The Company’s whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.
- Making our suppliers and subcontractors aware of our position of zero-tolerance, and making compliance a term of our engagement with them.
This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2010 and will be reviewed for each financial year.
31st March 2019